This video demonstrates how 3 digit numbers are added using one of many methods. Any comments please post in the comments section below.
What is education?
Well, it is a process of teaching and learning whose objective is to acquire knowledge and skills as preparation for future use.
Future use? I think this is where the problem is. What future use?
Nobody knows where you will be in the future and acquiring general knowledge is a hit or miss. You will either benefit in the future or you will not.
How about learning about something which is relevant to contemporary needs?
How about learning material that helps us to solve current challenges?
How about identifying current challenges and finding out which knowledge or skills will help us to solve the challenges?
This way we could be addressing all the problems facing humanity today. We could teach students to be problem solvers and not passive recipients of information which may not be relevant to future needs.
This is Project Based Learning.
The answer is yes. Yes there are solutions to the challenges in Africa and they are available today. The biggest challenge is political will as an extension of corruption and it’s cousins. I suggest that it is time for philanthropic activities by Africans who are willing to help solve these challenges as individuals or collectives. This website will now focus its efforts in communicating this message of hope. I will dwell on how it will work as opposed to how it will not work. Join me in reshaping the destiny of the African continent.
Students of today wonder how the content they are forced to learn and pass even with a wise variety of choices will help them in their future careers. In fact I'm of the opinion a lot of them are not even sure about the kinds of jobs they will do. Several things have happened to cause a disconnect between what they are learning and how they are living and also a future that has become increasingly more difficult to predict.
The agricultural and industrial revolutions are well understood and their impact clearly visible. The information revolution has caught us off guard because it's growth has been non-intuitive, it's been exponential. The world has become a lot smaller and a lot more virtual. Many of the job titles in the technology industry did not exist a decade ago and more are added each year.
Students walk into and out of unmotivated classrooms because they have to. The whole education system is a production line style where students are places into age groups and spend hours wondering what time the lesson will end. It has become increasingly difficult to motivate students who have seen celebrities make money out of a passion divorced entirely from organised instruction. Look at sportspersons and Hollywood actors. Look also at the technology and idea entrepreneurs who have made a fortune with internet businesses in search and social networking.
The role of the teacher as the all knowing person in the classroom has diminished as information has gone more digital and more accessible. The teacher's role must shift to that of a facilitator of learning pointing the students towards the tools one needs to solve real life problems. This is where project based learning becomes crucial.
A project based approach to learning will challenge the student to choose a real life problem that requires a solution but whose tools for the solution are not packaged in one place but in many different subjects. The teacher acts like a football coach directing students a tactical approach to the problem. Content from different subjects could be used to solve one problem. That for me is the future of education. It will break down walls and bring education and learning to the same approach as companies do when they solve problems on a daily basis.